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April 10, 2014

SOFTBALL: Howard County preview

Defending MIC champ Eastern leads local squads into new season

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Susong said Sharp is good at “keeping you off balance. She has a great changeup, hits her spots well. She’s not overpowering, but she’s really effective when she hits her spots.”

Sophomores Kourtney Tedlock and Cori Johnston are competing for the No. 2 pitcher spot.

Junior Miranda Ogle (.343) is at first base, junior Sarah Haughn will take second but may be used at third or the outfield, senior Schuyla Sharp is at second or third base, and Skaggs is at short. Sophomore Ramsie Hurlock is the catcher.

Freshman Paige Ward can play third and will bat first or second. Freshman Alexis Clark will play right. Sophomore Emily Fisher is at left. And senior Rajestaney Small can play outfield or pinch run.

Also looking to mix in are junior pinch runner/outfielder Sydney Smiley, and sophomore pinch runner/outfielder Holly Stewart.

“I think we’re gonna hit, I really do,” Susong said. “The girls put a lot of work in hitting and I think we’ll be very good and I think we’ll get better defensively as the year goes on, but I think the girls will hit well. We’ve put an emphasis on that, the girls have put an emphasis on that and it’s shown here in the preseason.”

On the other side, the Kats still have to learn on the job.

“I think the big thing that we’re missing right now if anything is experience, obviously because we’re so young but also our communication,” Susong said. “We’ve got a lot of people in new spots and we want to make sure they communicate defensively. That’s the big thing right now, our girls can hit ... but defensively we need to talk and communicate more.”

Kokomo dropped its opener to Class 3A No. 2 Lebanon last week. The Kats return to action on Monday with a home game against Peru.

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